workers to unionize. in mississippi, an amendment that would -- they call it the personhood amendment that would have defined life beginning at conception, that was rejected perform in fact, by a handy margin there as well, despite both gubernatorial candidates, democrat and republicans, backed it. it would have restricted abortion and in some cases some forms of birth control as well. in maine, voters restored a four decade old policy that allows voters there to register to vote on the same day. here on capitol hill, democrats are calling on hearings on those very types of policies. lynn? >> tracie potts for us in washington. thanks so much. well, now here's a look at other stories making news "early today" in america. a gun-waving suspect's heist inside a los angeles hotel ended with a surprise takedown.